How history and our “hidden brain” helps us make political decisions


Hour 1

We talk to an historian and science writer to explore the outcomes of the mid-term elections.   Historian Julian Zelizer has been reflecting on  the events of the recent past which might explain the rise of the Tea Party activism that played a crucial role in the election.  And writer Shankar Vedantam has been thinking about the struggle between our conscious and unconscious brain when it comes to our political opinions and decision-making.

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